With Christmas around the corner the folks over at Consol Glass gifted me a variety of their glass jars and bottles and suggested I come up with a few gift ideas for my friends and family using their product.
I put together a few gifts and hampers for my loved ones using their glass jars as unique and practical packaging. You’ll find that most of these ideas are super easy and economical to put together as I know most of us are looking for ways to cut the costs of Christmas down!
Here are some of my ideas….
Dad… or Uncle or Brother or Grandpa. Men are notoriously difficult to buy for aren’t they? One thing many men do like to do is preparing the meat for a braai, or in our home this has become preparing the meat to make biltong! I decided to put together a few different spices for biltong seasoning plus you could add a bit of the real thing for inspiration 😉 You can also convert this idea to a variety of food items or spices that your loved one enjoys.
Best friend, teen nieces, girlfriends, newly wed sister-in-law… my next idea would suit them all as most girls love pretty panties and this is a novel way to gift them. The reusable glass jars can be kept to store makeup, toiletries or food items. I selected some brightly coloured, lacy numbers for this as I though the colours and textures looked great in glass – just make sure you get the size right. Too big and you’ve insulted them, too small and they can’t use them – underwear can’t be exchanged!! You could also add a pretty lipgloss or nail polish or the matching bra if you use a bigger jar!
Granny, mom or sentimental friend – this might take a bit of preparation but for someone who “has it all” a special sentimental gift always goes down well. There are few variants on this option. The way I use this idea is to write down every cute saying my kids say throughout the year and keep them on slips of colourful paper to open up every now and again – this would make a special gift for a granny who lives far away – why not add in a few photos too! Another option is to write down all the happy moments and memories you’ve enjoyed with that particular person and create a jar of happy thoughts! Give it some thought and think what your special person might most enjoy most when thinking back on for 2013! For fun I added a little Christmas decoration handmade by the grandchild involved 😉
Sister, friend, niece, aunt, mom – almost all girls I know love getting new accessories and to find a scarf and earrings perfectly matched in their gift will bring a smile to their face! I found both these items at separate Christmas markets and thought they worked together so well – you could add a few other accessories all based around a colour scheme. This is definitely a pressie I’d love to get under the tree – in fact I couldn’t resist so spoilt myself! Does that also always happen to you when shopping for gifts! Oops 😉
Crafter, blogger, stationery lover, creative sort – these might be your child’s teacher, a close friend, your mom or your daughter – if they like creating then they will love this gift – a jar filled to the brim with washi tape plus a pretty pen and a few pre-cut gift cards. To make it even more fun, add a few strips of washi tape around the outside and create a reusable storage jar for their washi tape collection or a lovely vase or hurricane lamp for a candle.
Niece, sister, teen daughter, friend – women of all ages love painting their nails with pretty polish and why not create a mini mani kit for them to keep in their desk drawer at work or on their dressing table in digs. I added 2 x nail varnishes – the brighter the better, plus a few ear buds and cotton wool discs. You could also add in some nail clippers a nail file and a bottle of nail polish remover if you wanted to – you just might need a bigger jar for that! (p.s. just noticed my spelling on the tag here is wrong for Niece! Sorry)
Nephew (but could work just as well for a girl too!) All children & toddlers love to create – they haven’t yet been told that they can’t!! Why not encourage freedom of expression with a little kit full of creative and crafty supplies. I selected crayons, washi tape and some shape cutters (for playdough or biscuit making) – you could add in a black pad of paper or some playdough or the ingredients to make the biscuits…. or you could let your own imagination run wild and come up with your own Create Kit supplies!
Teacher, friend, neighbour, house guest, hostess – at Christmas time there always seems to be just one more gift to give. So many people contribute towards your family during the year and a huge one is your child’s teacher. Why not skip the run of the mill toiletry pack this year and go with something a little more personal. Make a batch of rusks and pair it up with her favourite tea or a bag of coffee. Or if rusks aren’t your thing you could bake (and get your child to decorate) some butter biscuits. An added bonus is she can use the jar over and over again at home or in the classroom.
Mother, partner, girlfriend, teacher, sister, aunt, granny etc. The list goes on for this next gift idea…. the littlest jars make for perfect tea-light candle holders. I loved the hexagonal shaped ones for something different and just wrapped a few pieces of pretty and ribbon around these to create a unique and personal gift. Another idea is to use a slight larger jar and cut a piece of paper to the right size to fit inside the jar – it could be a particular colour, a page from an old book or just a lined piece of paper with a letter to your loved one in your own handwriting or the words to your favourite song, verse or poem printed out or written. For my version I also cut out a heart shape so that the candle was visible.
So there you go, I hope you will find these ideas inspiring and I’d love to hear if you have any other suggestions for using Consol Glass in original and unique ways for giving gifts in glass!
Images: Kathryn Rossiter